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Jan 12, 2010 8:03 AM

Panel nixes proposal to limit TOPS

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A proposal to cap the TOPS scholarship program and funnel much of its funding toward need-based aid was soundly defeated by a state higher education streamlining commission.

Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission member David Longanecker argued that the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students has largely become the program "all the white folks get," despite the state's financial crunch.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked the review panel to suggest ways to cut at least another $146 million from higher education for the upcoming fiscal year.

According to state figures, The Advocate reports about 38 percent of TOPS students come from families who make at least $100,000 a year.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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